Dogers saddle slumping, changing Phillies with 4-0 victory
APPHILADELPHIA--Zack Greinke pitched three-hit ball into the eighth inning and Hanley Ramirez homered to lead the streaking Los Angeles Dodgers to a 4-0 victory over new manager Ryne Sandberg and the slumping Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night.
August 18, 2013, 12:01 am TWN
The defeat capped a tumultuous and emotional day for Philadelphia. Charlie Manuel, the winningest manager in club history, was fired earlier in the day by general manager Ruben Amaro Jr., who broke down when delivering the news.
Sandberg, the Hall of Famer and former Cubs second baseman, was promoted from third base coach to interim manager. But the Phillies, who have lost 20 of 24, didn't play any differently for Sandberg.
The Dodgers didn't play any differently, either.
Ramirez's two-run homer in the fourth was all the offense Greinke (11-3) needed to lead Los Angeles to its season-best ninth straight win and 18th victory in its last 19 road games. The Dodgers are 41-8 since June 22.
Greinke won his third straight start while outpitching Cliff Lee (10-6) in a matchup of former AL Cy Young Award winners.
Pirates 6, Diamondbacks 2 Jose Tabata hit a two-run homer and rookie Gerrit Cole pitched six solid innings to send Pittsburgh past Arizona.
Tabata's drive was his fourth of the season and came off J.J. Putz in the eighth inning, putting the NL Central leaders ahead by four runs. Tabata connected a day after he came off the bench and had three hits in a 12-inning loss at St. Louis.
Cole (6-5) was pitching on eight days of rest. He gave up two runs and five hits with five strikeouts. The first overall pick in the 2011 amateur draft won for the second time in seven decisions after winning the first four starts of his career.
Pedro Alvarez hit a two-run single off Brandon McCarthy (2-7), who lost his fourth straight decision.
Cubs 7, Cardinals 0 Jake Arrieta threw seven sharp innings and Nate Schierholtz drove in three runs as Chicago shut down St. Louis.
Arrieta (1-0) allowed two hits and struck out seven for his first win in two starts with the Cubs. The right-hander was acquired from Baltimore in a July 2 trade.
The Cubs snapped a four-game skid and are 7-7 this season against the Cardinals, who fell three games behind first-place Pittsburgh in the NL Central. St. Louis has dropped six of nine overall.
Chicago had been shut out in four of its past five home games.
Cardinals starter Jake Westbrook (7-8) walked his first three batters.
Other games on Friday:
Braves 3, Nationals 2, 10 Innings
Giants 14, Marlins 10
Brewers 7, Reds 6
Mets 5, Padres 2